User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Platform

Description

Platform games (platformers) are action games in which the playfield is set up as a series of planes (floors, levels, or platforms) for the player to navigate.

Platform games often involve combat, but include additional challenges by making navigation hazardous. Often the challenges of overcoming environmental dangers surpass those posed by combat. The player character is usually required to jump over gaps and damaging areas, or to access a different platform. In many platform games the player character is very vulnerable and can die easily from falling damage, environmental traps, or enemy attacks.

Early platform games (e.g. Donkey Kong) were confined to one screen and required the player character to climb in order to reach higher platforms. Later platformers, popularized by Super Mario Bros., began to focus on traversing side-scrolling levels, often within an allotted time limit, fending off upcoming enemies and jumping. This style, commonly referred to as jump-and-run, has preserved itself in many later platformers as well.

Other platform games, such as Prince of Persia, emphasize exploration, combat, and problem-solving in addition to the usual platform challenges. Such games have become known as cinematic platformers. This style has had a considerable influence on many 3D platformers (e.g. later Prince of Persia games, ICO, etc.), which incorporate extensive puzzle-solving.
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Namco Museum Vol. 5 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

This Namco Museum series member combines Pac-Mania, Dragon Spirit (which is a combination of 1942 and Xevious), Metro-Cross (a type...

Browser (2010)

Nano Ninja is a one-button action-skill game. In each level the button makes the ninja character perform a different action,...

Windows (2008)

Nano Pack Vol. 1 is a compilation of mini-games not released individually as a single zip file with three executables....

Napple Tale: Arsia in Daydream Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

The player controls Arsia, a young girl, wandering around Napple town and levels themed around the four seasons. To restore...

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Naughty Ones come under your control in this old-fashioned platform game. Each screen is separate from the others, and...

Nebulus 2: Pogo a gogo Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991)

This is a sequel to highly rated Nebulus (known as "Tower Toppler" in the US). The gameplay is much the...

Necromantics DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Necromantics takes place in a mysterious castle. The main character, controlled by the player, is an invisible magician wearing a...

NekoChan Hero Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

NekoChan Hero Collection is a compilation of three games: Neko Land NekoChan Hero: Ninja World 1 (in-game called NekoChan Hero:...

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

Nelda Nockbladder's is a shareware platform puzzler, created with the Click & Create multimedia authoring system. It combines varied "find...

Nemesis the Warlock Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

2000AD hero Nemesis must defeat the evil Torquemada, the Grand Master of Termight, and the hordes of Terminators he has...

Arcade (1990)

When a boy named Nemo settled down to sleep for the night, the King of Slumberland invites him to come...

Windows (2003)

While walking along, Sonic happens to meet Shadow on the way. Shadow doesn't seem to behave like he should and...

Neron Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Neron is an arcade platform game. The player assumes the role of Wielgus Nogallus. The goal is to find magic...

NES Remix Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

In NES Remix, a collection of Nintendo games — classics as well as less renowned ones — are re-presented with...

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is an action platform game with puzzle elements. It is developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat,...

The Neverending Story II: The Arcade Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

The Neverending Story II is a platform game which is largely based on the movie. The concept is simple: you're...

Browser (2005)

Nevermore is a very short side-scrolling platformer. The object of the game is simply to get to the end of...

New Adventure Island TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2014)

Somewhere on the peaceful Adventure Island, Master Higgins weds Tina, the new "Miss Island". Everyone who was invited to the...

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley is a puzzle platforming game featuring Mary-Kate, Ashley, and their dog Clue. In...

MSX (1988)

New Boggle Boggle is an arcade-style platformer very similar to Bubble Bobble. In a single-player game the player controls a...

SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

New Boggle Boggle 2 looks and plays identically to New Boggle Boggle. It features 150 stages, most of which are...

New Super Luigi U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

New Super Luigi U is an expansion for New Super Mario Bros. U. It replaces Mario with Luigi as Player...

New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In an all new 2D side-scrolling adventure, Mario and Luigi return after nearly fifteen years. The first traditional Mario Bros....

New Super Mario Bros. 2  Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, but this time, Mario has another objective. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with...

New Super Mario Bros. U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2012)

New Super Mario Bros. U is the second console installment of the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series, and the first...

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